Nina's Waltz

Nina's Waltz

by Corinne Demas, Deborah Lanino, Carole Demas

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Children's Literature
Nina's father is one of the best fiddle players in the whole world. He even writes a song just for Nina. He and Nina go to a contest where he is sure to win the first place prize of $200 by playing her song. Unfortunately, just as the contest starts, he is stung on his hand by several wasps. With a swollen hand he cannot play his fiddle in the contest. Nina has never before played the fiddle in front of strangers, but she decides that this time she will take his place in the contest and play the song that he has written for her. While Nina does not win the contest, she gets the third place prize and is content that others have heard the wonderful song that her father wrote and that she mustered up the courage to perform. 2000, Orchard Books, $16.95. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A hymn to the transforming power of music. Nina's father is the best fiddler she knows-"The best in the whole state. In the whole country." Early one morning, the two of them leave for a fiddle contest that offers a first prize of $200, money the family desperately needs. Her father plans to play "Nina's Waltz," a song that he wrote for her birthday. After several wasps sting his hand and he is unable to play, Nina overcomes her own stage fright and takes his place. Demas's quiet story is accompanied by soft acrylic paintings that echo the peaceful rural setting. Graceful musical notes appear throughout, dancing serenely across purple-and-blue skies. Pair this tale with Libba Moore Gray's energetic When Uncle Took the Fiddle (Orchard, 1999).-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
11.32(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including THE LITTLEST MATRYOSHKA, ALWAYS IN TROUBLE, PIRATES GO TO SCHOOL, and SAYING GOODBYE TO LULU. She is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and lives with her family in Western Massachusetts. Her website is

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